8K TVs could be banned in Europe by 2023

8K TVs like the Samsung 65QN800A could be banned from shelves as soon as next year.

In March 2021, the European Commission updated the energy label, causing most TVs on the market to downgrade to the lowest grade (G). For March 2023, the European Commission has decided to go even further with strict measures, in particular the maximum consumption that must not be exceeded.

Currently, OLED TVs are allowed to consume a little more than traditional LCD models that are equipped with Edge-LED, Direct-LED, Full LED or even Mini-LED backlight systems. Micro-LED TVs and 8K models are not affected by the maximum consumption limit, and therefore can be sold in Europe. As of March 1, 2023, there will no longer be a distinction between different imaging techniques and definitions. All TVs must meet Energy Efficiency Index standards. our mates FlatPanel HD The maximum consumption of the models has been calculated according to their size (see below).

Maximum TV consumption in March 2023

Maximum TV consumption in March 2023

4K LCD and OLED TVs shouldn’t face any issues with these new rules. Instead, it is quite different with 8K televisions that must be above the authorized limit and that in their current state can no longer be sold. For example, the Samsung 55QN700B, a 55-inch 8K model, thus consumes 193 kWh/1000 h compared to 81 kWh/1000 h for the LG Oled 55C2. Similar observations with the larger size: an LG 75QNED99 8K consumes 219 kWh/1000 h, 247 kWh/1000 h for the Samsung 75QN700B and 356 kWh/1000 h for the TCL 75X925 Pro as well, while the range is from 75 to 141 W in. Inch TV (LG OLED 77C2 with 119 kWh and Samsung 75QN95B with 126 kWh is contained).

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These consumptions are measured (often standard) from the default mode used by the television during installation. Other modes consume more, including Dynamic and Vivid. On the contrary, well calibrated modes like Filmmaker, Film or Cinema tend to consume a little less than the standard mode. Manufacturers can thus achieve a parade of software by reducing the consumption of the latter.

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The final text must be validated by the European Commission at the end of 2022 to enter into force in March 2023. According to the commission, the objective of these measures is above all “Remove less efficient products from the market”Given the lure of 8K TVs and the lack of native content, that’s probably not a bad thing. This forces manufacturers to fully optimize the backlight system and panel properties. At this point, OLED TVs have come a long way in the last couple of years, but LCD TVs that use a single bar of LEDs at the base of the panel (edge ​​LEDs) remain even more affordable.

With a consumption of only 70.4 W/m, the LG 65G2 is one of the most efficient models in our comparison, but the most affordable is the Xiaomi TV P1E 55 with a consumption of only 66 W/m. Unsurprisingly, 8K TVs like the Samsung QE65QN800A or Sony 75Z9J are the most greedy, with 119.3 and 111.6 W/m² respectively. Note that the QD-Oled technology is not particularly cheap as the Samsung QE55S95B and the Sony XR-55A95K show a relative consumption of 111.6 and 119.9 W/m².

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